The D5500 at a glance
Black is the new silver, or so it seems. The D5500 is the only camera on test to feature a black shutter release button rather than a shiny silver one.
Although less rounded than that of the D5300, the slimmer underlying body results in a larger grip surface.
Viewed from the top, the slimness of the body compared with other D-SLRs on test becomes apparent. It’s even more obvious when viewing the cameras from underneath.
The shooting mode dial is greatly simplified by omitting all scene mode settings, and grouping them under a single Scene option.
The LCD matches the D5300’s in terms of its 3.2-inch size, 1,037,000pixel resolution, and full articulation, but the addition of touchscreen control is a big bonus.
With less body depth to play with, the Info button has been moved from behind the shutter release button on the top surface, and repositioned at the rear, next to the screen.
Flash, Fn and drive
The layout of the flash, function and drive mode buttons on the right (looking from the front) is the same as in the D5300.
Unlike the other D-SLRs in the group, the command dial at the rear right is exposed, instead of shrouded by the body shell.
The graphical nature of the onscreen interface is more like that of the D3300 than the D5300, and is a welcome change.